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Sauber’s new car passes homologation test, now it just needs drivers

Dec 11, 2013, 9:33 AM EST

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Sauber has officially passed the 2014 homologation test with its new C33 chassis. Good news for the veteran Swiss team.

“The chassis of the C33 has passed all static and dynamic tests of the FIA and is officially homologated. The rear crash test, which is not part of the chassis homologation, will take place separately at a later date, as usual,” the team revealed via Twitter this a.m.

Things the team did not reveal? Any trace of the car itself (as could be expected), or anyone who will drive it in 2014.

There’s four potential candidates for the team’s two seats, with Adrian Sutil and Sergey Sirotkin appearing the most likely pairing at this point according to various media reports. Sirotkin still needs approval for his FIA Superlicence, and if that happens he’ll join Russian countryman and fellow rookie Daniil Kvyat on the grid.

Others who remain in play are 2013 Sauber driver Esteban Gutierrez and as of this morning, Sutil’s 2013 Force India teammate Paul di Resta. Di Resta though, said his manager had only a brief chat with Sauber, and that he’s likely leaning toward DTM.

Sergio Perez, Sauber driver in 2011-’12, appears headed to Force India to replace di Resta alongside Nico Hulkenberg, who was confirmed last week.

  1. reverendolaf - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Is this early, or have other teams done this?

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